Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dinner with A&A and C&C

Next up on the blog catch up is my Dinner several weeks ago with Audra and Addie! And Cubbie, although he really wasn't that interested in us.

Addie is going through some stranger danger, and I was prepared for her to treat me like a Serial Killer like my baby nephew does, but thankfully she just needed a bit to warm up to me and remember who I was!

This is her face while she's still trying to decide about me...

 I love that little smile!!
 And that little girl! We had the most amazing homemade deep dish pizza courtesy of Audra's mad cooking skills, and I may or may not have made it twice myself since then. It was GOOD!!!
 Addie got a new little chair so she had to test that out. I can just see her sitting on this outside in the summer with her bathing suit and sunglasses on! I die!

 It was a little after Easter so I brought her a Minnie Easter basket and a few goodies.
 Cubbie was not impressed! ha!
 But that didn't stop him from trying to help! I think Addie had the most fun with the little cups I gave her (pictured on the floor above) she kept stacking them and unstacking them. It doesn't take much to entertain! ( I am the same way! ha!)
 But she was most excited that Miss Charity finally had a smart phone. She was swiping better than I do!!
 Girlfriend loves a good selfie.
 I tried to get her to pose with her Momma, but she kept purposely drinking her milk.
 Notice her laughing! Stinker!!
 Her eyes just kill me. That sweet little face!
 And her little smile! I like this pic because her Momma is in the background smiling the same exact smile!

 Stop. I mean, I just can't. Her cuteness just kills me!! She has lemon dessert on her lips, courtesy of Miss Charity sharing. (But with a different fork, I can't help my germaphobe ways!)
 She was squirming so I stood her up to get a good picture and then she wanted to stand up on the counter. Awesome parenting skills Miss Charity, steer the child in the direction of what she's NOT supposed to do.
 I'm not sure if this video will play or not, but we took her to the other room to play and she showed off her basketball skills :)
 I had brought her a pair of JOHN DEERE Pink Jammies in her Easter Basket so of course we had to put them on her! They were extremely high waisted, which cracked me up! But she still looked so sweet in them!
 She likes to stroke her pony tail and suck her thumb.
 And smile at the same time. Girl has Skills!!! Reminds me of my oldest nephew when he was little and loved his Paci he would smile with it in and it was the cutest thing ever!

 I think I say this everytime but Audra and I are not smart. At least not in this way. We always wait for the selfie with the three of us until the end of the night when someone is getting tired and ready for bed. Perhaps by the time she is 18 we will have figured this out!
Note how she is holding on to her Momma's hair. SO sweet! She has tried that a few times with my hair but I think she has learned that nothing gets into Miss Charity's mess of curls! Ha!

It was a great night spent with my two favorite girls! At the end of the evening as I was gathering my bags and food up to take home, Addie realized I was leaving and walked over to me and put her hands up. I had to pick her up and gave her a kiss goodbye. SO sweet.

I put her down and put my jacket on and picked up my bags and she came back and was trying to crawl up my leg! MELT.MY.HEART. I put everything down and picked her up for one last cuddle and kiss. Sweetest Baby Girl EVER! Love her!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday- April Edition

It's the last Wednesday of the Month (WHAT??!!) and it's time to link up with Shay over at Mix and Match Family for What's up Wednesday!

I'm starting this on Monday so hopefully I'll finish it on time :)

First off

What we're eating this week:

Well Monday for breakfast I had scrambled eggs with cheese, onions, green pepper, and ham. For lunch I made grilled ham and cheese, and for dinner I have no clue!  (ETA I made a salad)

 I can tell you on Friday night I'll be making my new favorite deep dish pizza recipe thanks to Auds. It's SO good! I made it last Friday night and I'm basically counting down the hours until I can make it again!

Tuesday for dinner I made my version of Nachos. Basically a Taco on tortilla chips. So Yummy! For this one I did a pound of hamburger (We have Organic Grass Fed Beef thanks to being the daughter of a Farmer!) taco seasoning, I cut up tomatoes and onions and then mixed some liquid cheese with salsa and spooned on the top. Wish I had sour cream, but I was out!

What I'm reminiscing about:

I was going to say nothing, but this evening a picture of my oldest nephew popped up on my digital picture frame. He was 6 months old in the picture and I just about had a tear remembering him being so small!

What I'm Loving:

This Weather!! It has FINALLY warmed up here in Indiana and It is beautiful!! I officially have a flip flop tan, and have broken out the self tanner and darker makeup. In pictures today I think I could use a few more days of the self tanner until my makeup catches up with it. Slightly orange but i don't care!

What I've been up to:

Today (Tuesday) I had two Dr's apts and tons of errands. A visit with my Allergist is pictured above. I also went out and voted early today, so I could avoid the crowds next week. And no, I did NOT vote for Trump! Thankfully the rest of the week is not as busy, just normal lessons!

What I'm dreading:

I don't think I'm dreading anything at the moment, but I could be forgetting something! Ha!

What I'm working on:

Summer Teaching schedule. There are two things I dread the most in teaching, and they are figuring out the fall schedule and the summer schedule. Summer is a bit easier since most of my students are out of school so I'm not limited to the after school hours, but it's still a big job and like putting tetris blocks together.

What I'm excited about:

My Snugglemuffin and Lovemuffin will be seeing their Auntie soon! I am so excited I can barely handle it! I miss those two SO much! I'm hoping that Lovemuffin doesn't hate his Auntie and I can bond with him. I haven't been able to hold him since he was a few months old which breaks my Auntie heart. :(

What I'm watching/reading:

Another errand today was stopping at the Library for the 11, yes 11, books that I had put on hold. Trying out a few new Authors so I hope I like them! And yes, it looks like I have some interesting taste in books. What can I say? I like a good Murder Mystery!!

What I'm listening to:

This is kind of random, but about two weeks ago I got a talking book from the library about the Titanic. It was digital so I listened to it on my tablet. And I kind of fell in love with talking books! I just finished it this weekend and now I'm listening to another talking book about the Romanov sisters. I listen to it in bed to try and wind myself down. Apparently I like History before I sleep.

What I'm wearing:

 Monday I wore a newish Old Navy Top with a light weight cardigan on top of it. The top is sleeveless but I was too cold without the cardi on, and almost too warm with it on. The struggle is real! On the bottom I had on a pair of boyfriend shorts that as of last week were jeans. Go me!

 Tuesday I wore the same shorts, don't judge they weren't dirty! And paired it with my fake grey converse, and a green plaid shirt.

 And not a whole lot of makeup! I have officially broke out the facial self tanner and I'm loving it!! I have super pale skin, and while i like to try and get my legs and arms tannish, I have learned my lesson about sun on my face. So I put SPF on my face and wear a hat and stay in the shade when i'm outside (on my face at least). I put self tanner on so I don't look like i'm two different colors. :) And a benefit of self tanner on the face is that it covers my uneven skin tone which means i can ditch the foundation and just put a little powder on and I'm good to go! I like makeup but I don't care to spend much time on it, so knocking a few more minutes off of my routine is awesome!

What I'm doing this weekend:

 Well I'm hoping to be outside on my patio enjoying the weather, relaxing and reading my 11 books. ha! But I think it's supposed to rain. Boo!
Don't you like my dirt pit in the backyard? And my view of the neighbors junk? I need a fence on that side STAT!

What I'm looking forward to next month:

I mean, I can't resist!!!!

What else is new:

Nothing that I can think of at the minute! But my Coffee wore out several hours ago, so I could be missing something!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Elementary Talent Shows Rock!

So I have some catching up to do on the blog, but I figured I might as well start with the most recent event and work my way backward! Stay tuned for more posts!(Hopefully!)

 Friday afternoon I got to do something new and totally fun! One of my students was playing in her Elementary Talent show, and I happened to have that block of time free, so I went to watch her! I had never been in an Elementary school before! I was homeschooled, so obviously I didn't go to school in one. It was really interesting! And very brightly colored :)
 My student has a new baby sister, baby Angel. I was SO excited to get to meet her. She was a preemie and got out of the NICU recently, so I hadn't met her yet! You wouldn't guess she was a preemie by those CHEEKS. But she was born on late Dec, weighing under two pounds. Her due date was I believe a week or two ago! Crazy! She was the sweetest little thing and slept thru most of the talent show.
 So I really didn't know what to expect in terms of talent but I was pleasantly surprised! My favorite act, other than my student of course! Was the opening act with an entire kinder class dancing to a 50's song. they were dressed up in poodle skirts for the girls and t shirts and jeans for the boys and it was the cutest and funniest thing ever!!
 I wish i had gotten a video of it, but at the end they all exited the stage in pairs of three, and the boys would run and then slide on their knees! It was AWESOME!!!

 And lucky lucky me! Miss Angel got fussy right when her twin big brothers were getting done with the show, so that meant I got to save her from her car seat and hold her! She calmed down very fast after I did my patented Rock, Bounce, Pat. And I got in a leg workout :)
 The Star of the show!!!! Miss J did AMAZING! Not one wrong note in the entire song! I was SO SO PROUD OF HER!!!! I don't know how many kids were there but it felt like millions. They filled up all of the bleachers and sat on the ground. Scary for sure! But she played like a pro!!
 Love that silly girl!!

Is it weird that I was excited to get a visitors sticker? ha! It was so much fun!! Best reason ever to get up earlier than normal on a Friday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Day in the Life: April 6, 2016

Edited: Whoops! Forgot to add the text the first time! Blog is now finished with words :)

Whoo hooo! It's time for one of my FAVORITE link ups, the Day in the Life!! I am nosy so I love reading what other people's days are like. I was so excited about this that I actually did it two weeks in advance! What?!! Craziness! (Edited to add, I took the pictures two weeks in advance and then forgot to finish the post until the next week. Here's hoping I remember my day!!) I tried to pick a really busy day for me, and think I succeeded. Some parts (and pictures) aren't that exciting, but I tried to take pictures of as much of my day as I could remember! 


Brace yourself for a Picture overload! 

 I woke up to my alarm going off. I was having the craziest dream about a team of assassins, trying to kill me and my team. We defeated them, and I was begging, Hector, the leadee of the bad guys to give me some extra time before he told the person who had hired him that I was still alive. Alas we will never know what happened since my stupid alarm went off!! This was my view looking at one side of my room while
This is my view when I roll over.
I get out of bed and take my medicine and find my glasses and make my way to the kitchen. I am in desperate need of caffeine today, it's going to be a long day and I need all the help i can get! While my water is heating up in the microwave I look out the back door and see this cat just chillin on my patio. Spoiler alert, I don't have cats! In fact, I hate cats and I'm allergic to them. but I seem to now have three cats that hang out intermittently in my backyard. As long as they leave me alone I am ok with them because Cats eat Mice!!
I like some coffee with my cream :) As well as some hot chocolate mix. Basically I just want the caffeine and it NOT to taste like coffee!! I mix it all up..
And then pop in in the freezer for awhile to cool down. I also prefer iced coffee. While it's cooling I check my email and read blogs.
After I'm done online I get a slice of the Apple Cinnamon bread (Mix and Match Mama's recipe) for breakfast.
My Coffee has cooled down some so I get it out of the freezer and add some ice cubes to get the full iced coffee effect. I eat breakfast while watching something on hulu.

After breakfast I hop in the shower, and then get dressed and bring my makeup out to the couch. I have gotten into sitting on the couch doing my makeup lately. I have a super fancy box to bring with me, You'll be happy to know since this picture I have put my makeup in a bag  to take between my bedroom and my living room.
While my flat iron is heating up to straighten my hair, I take a picture of my new favorite moisturizer. I had been wanting to try the Simple brand since it is supposed to be great for Sensitive skin and allergy prone skin, which I suffer from. I got some around my birthday and really like it! And no allergic reactions to it, which makes me a FAN!!
The underside of my hair was straight and the top half was not. I found it amusing :) I took a shower late last night and washed my hair and put it up in a bun, to half straighten it. So I could skip washing my hair today and just flat iron it. I NEVER wash and then dry and straighten my hair on the same day. takes WAY too long. If I want it straight I have always washed it the night before and done my dry in a bun trick. Saves me time in the morning so I don't have to air dry my curls and then blow dry them.
I got this perfume for Easter and I really like it! Avon makes great perfumes!
I attempt to take a picture of my straight hair in the mirror but my flash is on. I am distracted by how dirty my mirror is. Must clean!!
Since I'm all ready for the day now I head back out to the living room. I have some odds and ends to do before I teach. I printed out assignment sheets with each student's name on them, and the year and need to cut all of them, and then place in order of who comes first each day. I have the cutting skills of a preschooler.
Finally! Cut and in order. I have about 3 weeks of assignment sheets done. I am feeling pretty impressed with myself right now!
 After that it's time to head to my desk (aka kitchen table) and get some computer work done. It's cold and rainy, so I decide to light a candle. I work on the computer for awhile and then realize I need to eat something. I'm not really hungry at this point, but I know if I don't eat now I won't have the chance for several hours. I'm hypoglycemic and have had a few issues the past few weeks of forgetting to eat and then getting dizzy and shaky so I force myself to have something.

Pancakes it is! I love my Mom's recipe and am thankful I made a batch the day before. And yes, I know they are weird shapes.

I eat my pancakes while continuing the show on hulu, Desperate Housewives! I am watching my way through the series again.

 Time to get ready for the first batch of students! I slap on some lipstick and do the normal grab my water, turn on lights, ect. I light a candle and my lantern in the piano studio. The  lantern has a funky smell and smells thru my lessons. Hours later I blow it out because it gave me a headache!
As I'm getting things ready I remember I had some arrangements of a few songs a student wanted, but I hadn't played them yet, so I run through them quickly to make sure that I like them as much as he does.

And what's a post without some selfies! I take one sitting at the piano.. with my teaching chair behind me (so comfy!)
And then another one with the piano and stack of music behind me. When I was looking at this pictures later it drove me nuts how messy it was so I went and cleaned it :)
I finish my pre lesson prep, and put out one of the baby gates. Some students have boundary issues so I have to "help" them remember.
I have an exercise bike in my kitchen that I prefer my students NOT get on, so I hide it over by the fridge where they can't see.
Water bottle is filled and ready!
I have a little bit of time to kill while waiting on my students to arrive, so I work on some Crowdtap hits.

 Like I said, it's cold, rainy and gross, so I was all about comfort. I realized how classy I looked in my socks and my slippers, so i snapped a picture to send to Auds.
 I unlock and open the door for my students a few minutes before their lesson time.

 I sit back down at my desk while I'm waiting and realize I hadn't finished editing the recording that one of my students did, so I finish it and then email it to his Mom.
Students arrive and I remember to take a picture about 5 mins before the second lesson was done. Whoops!
 I teach three lessons in a row and then I can FINALLY fix my contact that got blurry during the first lesson. Relief!!
Annnnnd it's raining.. again.. Glorious!

I sit back down at my desk and see that my next student has cancelled their lesson. Unexpected free time on a busy day is awesome!!
Back to work on my computer.
While I'm working I remember that I wanted to see if I could fix the wheel on a chair I wanted to sell. I pull it out and get to work.

Time to eat again. I'm not hungry, but again, know I won't eat for several hours, so I have a small snack of Ranch Mashed potatoes. It is YUMMMY!!

 I watch the Weather forecast while eating because I am an 80 yr old woman. #ILoveWeather
I run to my bedroom to take some medicine. Most of mine are twice a day, but one is three times a day and sometimes I forget!
Thanks to my cancelled lesson I have a few free minutes, so I do some work on Mturk.
 Once again it's time to load up on water and get ready for my next wave of students!
I wised up and blew out the lantern but I move my candle from my desk into the piano room for some light.
 I turn the piano light on
 Put my ice water in place..... I know this is scintillating isn't it?! I was struggling at this point!
I really just wanted to take a nap in my comfy chair
But I was a good teacher and woke myself up!
My door was already unlocked and I was waiting on my student when I remembered that I needed to change the ink in my printer. Lately it has been an ordeal to do so, but today I'm actually able to change it in 8 mins! WHOOO!!
Lesson is over and student is picking out her sticker.
I have a 30 min break before my final hour long student and I take the opportunity to sit down and breathe for a few minutes. I check Instagram (since i finally have a smartphone I now have Insta! SO EXCITING!!!) and just relax for a few minutes.
Teaching away!
 It's really hard to stealthily take pictures of your students while they are playing the piano.

Our lesson is over and I tell her about this post, and say that we need to take a YAY the Day is done picture. I get this face instead. ha!!
A little better but my head looks ginormous compared to hers!
I lock my door and head into the kitchen. Now I need to get some cleaning done! I made a taco-y roast 2 days ago and need to divide it into containers and put them in the freezer. 
Of course after that I need to wash my crockpot, which means I need to put away my dry dishes.

And wash the rest! While I'm doing this I realize I didn't ever take a picture of my new faucet so I snap the one below.
You know you're an adult when you are excited and taking pictures of a faucet.
This is where the tracking of the day falls apart. I sit down on the couch with my laptop and Desperate housewives and I have no idea what else I did! At some point I realize I haven't eaten since around 5 pm and have some tuna and crackers. I LOVE tuna!

And I finally drag myself to bed and turn off the lights. It should be noted that I did not go to sleep then. Oh no, I had my tablet and was reading! I'm not sure when I fell asleep but it wasn't at 11:28.:)

And that was a Day in the Life! Wednesdays are busy for me, and I feel like I'm rushing around because several of the lessons are back to back and it's always stressful making sure people leave and arrive on time. Invariably someone is always late picking someone up and the next person is early and Miss Charity never gets to use the restroom on her few minute break. But I digress!